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Barclaycard timeline

 
  • 1966: The first ever UK credit card is launched

    1966: The first ever UK credit card is launched

    While the English football squad wins the World Cup, our founders are busy working on the first all-purpose credit card in Europe.

  • 1977: Company Barclaycard is born

    1977: Company Barclaycard is born

    Now known as Barclaycard Commercial, this subdivision of our business offers credit and charge cards to our commercial customers.

  • 1977: We become a founding member of Visa

    1977: We become a founding member of Visa

    When international BankAmericard licensees are brought together into a single system, we're involved in the creation of the resulting Visa network.

  • 1991: Barclaycards are introduced in Germany

    1991: Barclaycards are introduced in Germany

    We venture outside the UK for the first time and set up offices in Germany. Our German business now has over 450 employees and has issued more than 1.4 million credit cards.

    Read more about Barclaycard in Germany

  • 1995: We're the first UK credit card company to go online

    1995: We're the first UK credit card company to go online

    To make it easier for customers to check their accounts, we lead the way on the web with Barclaycard Net link. Today, more than 800,000 customers regularly use online banking with us.

  • 2002: We launch Barclaycard in Italy

    2002: We launch Barclaycard in Italy

    Since 2002, we've issued more than 400,000 Barclaycards in Italy.

  • 2004: We acquire Juniper and launch in the US

    2004: We acquire Juniper and launch in the US

    Buying Juniper Financial Corporation, one of the fastest growing credit card issuers in the United States, marked the start of our expansion across the Atlantic.

    Read more about Barclaycard in the United States

  • 2005: Barclaycard ventures into South Africa

    2005: Barclaycard ventures into South Africa

    Barclays buys the majority stake in the South African company, ABSA Group Ltd, which has 1.9 million customers.

    Find out more about Barclaycard's presence in South Africa

  • 2005: EnterCard is formed

    2005: EnterCard is formed

    Resulting from a joint venture with Swedbank, one of the leading banks in Sweden and Norway, EnterCard provides credit cards across the Nordic region.

    Read more about EnterCard

  • 2006: Barnes and Noble Member MasterCard is launched in the US

    2006: Barnes and Noble Member MasterCard is launched in the US

    We partner with the world's largest bookseller to offer rewards and discounts on purchases to customers.

  • 2007: We launch Barclaycard Football

    2007: We launch Barclaycard Football

    This credit card caters to the large number of football fans in the UK.

  • 2007: Introducing the UK's first contactless payment card

    2007: Introducing the UK's first contactless payment card

    With our innovative Barclaycard OnePulse, customers can make small purchases simply by holding the card close to a contactless reader.

    Learn more about contactless payments

  • 2007: Trials of contactless payments using mobile phones begin

    2007: Trials of contactless payments using mobile phones begin

    Working with VISA and the mobile operator, O2, we continue our development of mobile phone payments.

  • 2008: We buy the Goldfish credit card business

    2008: We buy the Goldfish credit card business

    This is part of the card portfolio we acquire from Discover Financial Services in the UK.

  • 2008: Barclaycard Commercial and Payment Acceptance are created

    2008: Barclaycard Commercial and Payment Acceptance are created

    To offer our business customers a better service, Barclaycard Business is divided into two: Barclaycard Commercial: Businesses and the public sector can make payments using credit cards, charge cards, procurement accounts and travel booking solutions.Payment Acceptance: We offer e-commerce solutions, chip and PIN terminals and contactless readers to help companies accept credit cards.

    Read more about Barclaycard Commercial

    Read more about Payment Acceptance

  • 2008: The one millionth Contactless card is issued

    2008: The one millionth Contactless card is issued

    As we reach this exciting milestone in the UK, we focus on our next target - to issue contactless payments cards to all our UK customers by 2012.

  • 2009: Our iPhone® game, a first in financial services, is a resounding success

    2009: Our iPhone® game, a first in financial services, is a resounding success

    The thrilling new 'Waterslide Extreme' game for iPhone® quickly becomes the most popular branded iPhone® app in 57 countries, with millions of downloads.

    Read more about our iPhone® game

  • 2009: We're first to introduce a pre-application credit check in the UK

    2009: We're first to introduce a pre-application credit check in the UK

    Potential customers can check their chances of being accepted for credit before they apply, without leaving a hard footprint on their credit files.

  • 2012: Barclaycard Ring our award-winning credit card is launched in the US

    2012: Barclaycard Ring our award-winning credit card is launched in the US.

    The new Barclaycard Ring MasterCard is a first-of-its-kind, crowd-sourced credit card. It offers simple, easy-to-understand benefits that deliver a long-term financial value. Besides simplicity and value, Ring is the first card to offer a social community where cardholders can provide opinions, shares idea, and make recommendations.

    Read more about Barclaycard Ring

  • 2013: We enable contactless payments across the Transport for London (TfL) network

    2013: We enable contactless payments across the Transport for London (TfL) network

    Across the TfL network, we rolled out contactless technology to ensure that all you need to do is ‘tap to pay’ for London buses and everything else £20 and under wherever you see the contactless symbol

    Read more about contactless on TfL

  • 2013: We launch our response to consumer demand for a new kind of shopping experience

    2013: We launch our response to consumer demand for a new kind of shopping experience

    bespoke offers will provide consumers with a new kind of shopping experience, that gives them what they want, where they want it. Merchants will also be able to offer more value and great shopping incentives to new and existing customers.

    Read more about bespoke offers

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